For the hubs

He doesn’t ask much of me when I start baking in December.  Mainly for chocolate.  And lots of it.  But in the last few years, he’s taken to requesting Rum with that chocolate.  Once, when we were first married and I baked an easy 10 dozen cookies in a weekend, I made Rum Balls.  It was funny sounding and he loves the flavor of rum, so I tried it.  He loved it.  Now, I use it as leverage to get things accomplished.  Him designing the site and a new header and helping me set things up?  Oh yes, the cost was Rum Balls.  

They are not unlike a truffle, being that they are rich and chocolatey, but he claims they are manlier since they have rum and not champagne or wine.  Whatever makes him happy, right?  This is a simple recipe and makes 2 dozen large balls.  Be warned, however, that this not a recipe to make prior to a visit with a teetotaler.  Your hands and your house are going to smell like Jack Sparrow’s breath for a few hours.  

Rum Balls

  • 8 oz. dark chocolate
  • 1 stick of butter
  • 3 cups powdered sugar
  • 2 Tbsp. Dark Rum
  • 1 tsp. vanilla
Melt the chocolate in a double boiler over low heat.  Cube the butter into small pieces and whisk them into the melted chocolate.  Pour in the vanilla and rum.  Then, in a clean bowl, mix the powdered sugar and warm chocolate mixture together.  Stir quickly to combine before the chocolate cools and it become lumpy in the sugar.  Keep mixing until all the powdered sugar is absorbed into the chocolate and it’s a thick, heavy… blob.  Then, split the chocolate into 24 pieces and roll to form into balls.  Roll in sprinkles, sanding sugar or cocoa powder to finish.  Keep refrigerated.
 The recipe is linked up with the Christmas Cookie Blog Hop at the Farmer’s Daughter!  Check it out for more great recipes!

8 Replies to “For the hubs”

    1. I think Matt likes how Captain Morgan tastes. I don’t like Rum myself, so the bottle sits in the freezer for a long time 🙂 You might be able to get a little sample sized bottle at the Kroger on Lexington in their liquor store if you didn’t want to commit to a whole bottle. I also use it to glaze my turkey so we do keep it around.

  1. You freeze rum?! Wow. Would Bourbon give similar results to these balls I wonder?
    I need to buy some to add to the [vodka-based] vanilla I am making.

    I’ll ask about a sample bottle of Captain Morgan at Kroger. Thanks!

    1. Because there is such a high alcohol content in the rum, it won’t freeze solid… it’s just really, really cold. I have no idea about Bourbon, but I hear it makes a great pie crust!

    1. I keep them in the fridge, but in there they’ve lasted up to a month. They’ve never lasted longer than a few days when he takes them to the office. Best guess, a week tops.

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